Gwendolyn M. Philbrook

Jan 21, 2013
Gwendolyn Philbrook

Warren — Gwendolyn Mae Philbrook, of Lincolnville and most recently of Warren, died Dec. 26, 2012 with grace at Miles Memorial Hospital after suffering from a brain aneurysm on Dec. 24, 2012.

Gwen was born Nov. 9, 1928, the only child of Olive and Mertland Jackson of Thomaston. Gwen grew up in Thomaston and attended local schools where she met her long time girlfriends, Mrs. Virginia Smith Robinson and Mrs. Lois Hastings Jack.

Gwen married the love of her life Vaughan Philbrook on Aug. 1, 1953. They were blessed with two sons, Larry Lee Philbrook and Ronald Vaughan Philbrook. They made their home in Warren, and later moved to Lincolnville where lots of great memories with their family were made. Together they enjoyed road trips on their Harley and spent many nights out dancing. You could also find them at their grandchildren’s sporting events, hardly ever missing a game.

Early on, Gwen worked as a hairdresser, a true passion of hers. You could often find her working in her beautiful gardens, hauling in each and every rock on her own. She had such a creative personality, one that never ceased to amaze all that knew her. Gwen always had a clean vehicle, the motorcycle and car were washed with love on a weekly basis. She also loved a good bargain, never paying full price for anything. Her fun loving spirit and the love she had for her family is what made her such an outstanding, unforgettable woman.

Gwen was predeceased by her oldest son, Larry Lee on Feb. 18, 2005, her husband Vaughan on Nov. 10, 2010, and most recently, her beloved dog, Buddy.

Gwen is survived by her youngest son, Ron Philbrook and his wife Denise of Warren, three grandchildren, Larry Vaughan Philbrook and his wife Billie Jo of Lincolnville, Allison Donn Moody and her husband Brandon of Appleton, and Melissa Lena Philbrook of Warren. She also leaves behind her beloved four-legged grandchildren.

Gwen is also survived by her sister-in-laws; Janet Andrews and husband Paul of Warren, and Carolyn Seeley of Holden; brother-in-law Warren "Willie" Philbrook and his wife Elizabeth of Warren, nephews; Gregory and Timothy Andrews, David and Steven Philbrook, nieces; Francie Philbrook-Giguere, Sonja Seeley-Wilbur, Theresa Seeley and Heidi Seeley-Duran, and many great nephews.

At Gwen’s request, there will be no funeral. Gwen and Vaughan’s wishes were to be buried together, which the family will honor. A graveside memorial is planned for the spring. A notice will be published for family and close friends so they may attend.

In lieu of flowers, Gwen requested that you make a donation to the Maine Cancer Fund 170 US Route 1, Suite 250 Falmouth, ME 04105 or to the Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter 383 US Route 1 Suite 2C Scarborough, ME 04074.

Arrangements were made with Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. You are invited to share your condolences and memories by visiting

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